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GIAHS:Globally Important Agriculture Heritage Systems


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On June 11, 2011, at The International Forum on Globally Important Agriculture Heritage Systems held in Beijing, “Sado’s Satoyama with Ibis,” along with the Noto area of Ishikawa Prefecture, became the first GIAHS in Japan officially designated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.

 “GIAHS” is an abbreviation of “Globally Important Agriculture Heritage Systems” advocated by the FAO. They are landscapes and land use practices that protect biodiversity for future generations, and are designated by the FAO.
 On Sado Island, the “Sado’s Satoyama with Ibis” initiative, which started as a “Farming Method to Nurture Living Creatures” to protect the rich landscape and ecosystem that interweaves rivers, ponds, rice fields, and forests centered around preserving the ibis on Sado, was evaluated and designated.

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